Pretty much every legislator in California ignored the killing of Corporal Ronil Singh. In fact, of the only politicians who even mentioned Singh's tragic death was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R). Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) did retweet something said by New York Police Department Commissioner O'Neill saying he was thinking of the family.
To add fuel to the fire, State Senate President Pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de Leon, the author of California's sanctuary state bill, decided to offer his condolences to the Singh family.
Deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department. Our hearts are heavy during this holiday season. You truly lived the American Dream. pic.twitter.com/C3pH4w6Pll— Kevin de Le?n (@kdeleon) December 27, 2018
According to outgoing Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, California being considered a sanctuary state is the reason Cpl. Singh died.
Singh's killer, 32-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, was an illegal alien from Mexico. He resided in the United States the last few years.
“This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE,” Christianson explained. “We were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with (Cpl.) Singh. I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference."
Specifically, Christianson placed blame on Senate Bill 54, which de Leon authored. And he reiterated that sentiment in an interview with Lisa Boothe on Fox News:
BOOTHE: Sir, I want to ask you about something you brought up at the press conference earlier. You made a distinction between the fact that Corporal Singh came here legally. He came here for the sole purpose, he wanted to be a police officer, he wanted to serve this country, he wanted to serve his community.
And you drew a distinction between the suspected killer who came here, broke the law and came here illegally.
Why was it important for to you draw that distinction?
CHRISTIANSON: Because I want the nation to know, I want your viewers to know, that Officer Singh really should be the focus of this investigation and his sacrifice. But I also want everybody to know that immigration is good for America, if done legally. Illegal immigration doesn't serve our communities, especially criminals who victimize and exploit our communities.
Whether you hate the president or love the president, border security goes hand-in-hand with national security, the safety of our communities, and public safety. We need to know who is in our communities that shouldn't be. We should be focusing on criminal activity without political interference.
And there is only one with entity that can fix immigration, even though there are laws on the books and we should stand by the rule of law and we should be enforcing those laws, Congress is the only entity that can fix this problem, and until they decide to depolarize themselves and focus on what's in the best interest of the people, you can't establish a system of immigration that lacks bureaucracy, hopefully, and allows people a path to become good citizens and contribute to what makes America great.
Officer Singh, he is the absolute poster child for why immigration works if done legally, and properly.
BOOTHE: So, should more be done at the southern border to prevent this illegal activity?
CHRISTIANSON: Well, I think there is, at least from what I know -- I think that there is a lot of great work going on, on our southern border. I think it's inexcusable that we continue to attack the men and women who are there, either as members of U.S. Customs, the Border Patrol, ICE, or other federal law enforcement partners.
Stop demonizing and villainizing the men and women who are there trying to protect our communities. It's time to come together and fix the problem and, yes, border security needs to be a priority. And it's not just the immigration issue, Lisa. We have cartels that are trafficking narcotics, weapons, little girls.
We have a problem with human trafficking. We need to secure our borders and we need to give the men and women who protect us, our federal law enforcement partners, the ability to do their job without political interference.
BOOTHE: Well, sir, California has come under fire for being a sanctuary state. Has that hamstrung your ability to do your job in any way?
CHRISTIANSON: Oh, certainly, it has. First of all, and as I told the president of the United States when I sat next to him, I don't think we should be subjected to political interference.
I understand why the state legislature and politicians have decided to create these laws because they believe that people need to be protected. Law enforcement is here to protect people. But you can't provide sanctuary for criminals. That -- all that does is silence the voices of our victims, and I certainly didn't sign up to do that.
Remember that our partners with ICE, great, great law enforcement partners, they are not in my county sweeping through churches and schools and convenience stores. They are only interested in the fugitives and the criminals. Why are we providing sanctuary for people who victimize and exploit the weak and the defenseless? We should not be doing that.
While "condolences" are in order, de Leon needs to wake the hell up and realize that his actions have consequences. In this case, a family lost a father, son, brother, husband and friend. California is so busy protecting illegal aliens from law enforcement crackdowns that police officers are being slain.
Tell us, Mr. de Leon, how many men and women in blue need to die before you wake up and realize that this policy is not only wrong but it's deadly?